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Santa Monica, NOW and THEN

  • bG Gallery 3009 Ocean Park Boulevard Santa Monica, CA, 90405 United States (map)

Curator: Juri Koll


Sam Francis, Peter Alexander, Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Kolo, William Turtle, Jack Duggan, Bob Borman, Dick Keltner, Bruce Richards, Robert Rauschenberg, Bob Branaman, Lilly Fenichel, Frank Gehry, Mike Street, David Hockney, Ed Moses, George Herms, Bruce Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, Mx Farina, Gay Summer Rick, Randi Matushevitz, and more.

“Such juxtapositions of early and later works, in fact, may be considered admirable testaments to the longevity and perseverance of a distinguished group of artists who found a magical strip of land along the Pacific Ocean that provides the perfect mix of climate and community for a sustained creative growth.” -David Rubin

bG Gallery and Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) present “Santa Monica: Then and Now” curated by Juri Koll of ViCA. The exhibit focuses on historic and contemporary artists with a strong history or current practice focusing around Santa Monica and surrounding areas. The opening reception is set for Thurs., Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and runs through Tues., Feb. 26.

Santa Monica continues to provide a legacy and influence on the Southern California art scene that is sometimes overlooked from the perspective of artist residents.

Artists have been drawn here for creative reasons since the turn of the 1900s, by its community but most importantly, by the freedom that comes from the kinds of people who make it their home or workplace.

“The artists in this exhibition have either worked here, lived and kept their studio here, spent a great deal of time here for inspiration, and/or all of the above, and you will find insights to this alongside the work as you view the exhibition,” says Koll.